Hotels in California

Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline from almost every room.

This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi.

The 1940's roadside-style El Bonita Motel in St. Helena has simple amenities, but at budget-friendly prices and close proximity to nearby wineries. The two-story property includes a small stone patio used for breakfast, as well as a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and an adjoining sauna.

With its private entrance to Legoland, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa couldn’t be more convenient. After a day of kid stuff, grown-ups can indulge with a massage at the Ocean Pearl Spa.

All nine rooms at this Mission revival-style, all-suite hotel have super-plush beds and custom tile work; three have vaulted ceilings.

Rooms at the 1859 hotel in Jamestown, 10 miles south, off Highway 108, have brass beds and antique dressers.

A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf proper, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers sweeping views of San Francisco and Alcatraz.

With its Mediterranean elegance, sweeping views, and steps-from-the-beach location, this hotel has been a local institution since it opened in 1926, when it attracted Hollywood types as well as World War II soldiers waiting to ship out.

Designed with the concept of Palm Desert in the late 1940’s, this one-level motor-style inn is a bright beacon of orange and lemon yellow.

Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s main plaza.

Located near popular San Francisco destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and Golden Gate Park, the Queen Anne Hotel on Sutter Street is from the days of large Painted Lady Victorian mansions.

The sleekly minimalist eco-lodge really is made of cedar, all of it sourced in an environmentally friendly way. The 42 rooms are built mostly out of recycled and sustainably harvested wood in an appealing minimalist style, with leather-upholstered platform beds and birch plywood furniture.

Located in the upper San Bernadino Mountains, this lodge overlooks Lake Arrowhead and is within walking distance of a number of village shops and restaurants.

A private enclave of cottages and villas right on the shore, the Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado is a hotel within a hotel, and the newest part of the 120-year-old resort.

Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University.